Question: How can we establish a monastic atmosphere in our home - and keep it?
Answer: Love each other. When love reigns between you as parents, your children love and respect their parents, and you have supportive relationships, you almost have the atmosphere of a monastery. Eventually, you might succeed in establishing the first Orthodox monastery in Indonesia: you have the desire and capability, and you both live in chastity. If that is your wish, keep your dream alive and pray for God's help in establishing a monastery in Indonesia. Others might wish to join you. You might begin to spread the Orthodox faith among Indonesians someday and become equal to the apostles. Tread along without fear, and believe in the best. When we were building our Convent, many priests called me mad and said I would fail because we had no money. But God provided us with the funds, even though our idea seemed like madness. In faraway Indonesia, you too could create a monastery with a school that awards school-leaving certificates. Keep your dreams alive, do not be afraid to act, and be prepared to work hard.
How can we learn useful lessons from a failed marriage, and avoid making the same mistakes in our new family?
The presence of children at church services is vital for their development, for their growth as Christians, and for the entire family to become more observant.
When people grow old, they often become unbearable and intolerable. If you are a Christian, you have to forgive and ask for forgiveness to keep the peace in your heart. Your grandmother was sent to you by God to teach you how to live with God.
The matushka’s role is to help the priest. It is an inner struggle to make sure that there is peace in your family, that you really love your husband. You’ll require quite a lot of hard work and time.
Unfortunately, teenagers are sometimes attracted to sins—various sins. They want to be an adult. They want to imitate the grown-ups, and sadly, they often choose to imitate bad adults. Therefore, parents are to muster their patience and humility.
Father Andrey Lemeshonok answers the question from one of our readers: “We are married, and live in chastity by agreement. Do we still need a church wedding?
An autistic child has an immortal soul. In spite of the fact that he cannot interact with external world right now, his soul is alive, and it’s all part of God’s plan. We cannot intervene into God’s plan. We can only accept it or not.